Unable to sleep well, rapidly gaining weight, need help

Microsoft 98102
May 25, 2018 39 Comments

Over the last 1 month, I've not been able to sleep more than 4 hours and I automatically wake up with no alarm, even in the weekends. Rapidly gaining weight too. Not able to concentrate at work, even basic tasks take 3-4x more time. Late 20s Indian male. Have any of you encountered this, what did you do?

I believe I have a good job right now, luckily past track record has placed me on a decent professional path I'm happy with. Have an ongoing personal/family problem over the past 1-2 years but nothing 'new' in the last month, I don't think it's that either. Thankfully no major medical problems, decent physical condition (do 5k in 27 min regularly). Thankfully financially comfortable too. Live in a nice, sunny US city.

I'm afraid of taking medication to sleep since it could become a lifelong thing. I'm not big on travel, but I'm definitely open to trying that if you did it and helped (the general internet seems to think so). Do I just take 2 weeks off and chill at home etc?

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Other Quizofa
    Check your thyroid levels
    May 25, 2018 3
    • Google tGtt04
      This. Thyroid problems are common in late twenties and early thirties. Easily resolved with a pill.
      May 25, 2018
    • Juniper BSDK_MC
      Totally agreed. Have the same issue. However OP mentions no major health issues. Are you gymming really late at night? Sometimes that is also the problem since your body is pumping too much adrenaline.
      May 25, 2018
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Yes. Some internet posts said the same thing, will check, thanks
      May 25, 2018
  • Intel Hijo Su
    I had the same problem. The solution was to swim. After each swimming work out the problems see so easy, the solutions appear and I sleep all night long. No drugs. Just swimming.
    May 25, 2018 2
    • Google techant
      Just keep swimming 🐠
      May 25, 2018
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Yup, I could start trying this.
      May 25, 2018
  • Amazon
    Have you talked to a doctor? If you think it is psychological, how about talking to a therapist?
    May 25, 2018 2
    • Microsoft marching on
      This^. I ran into the same situation, and when nothing else worked, I talked to my doctor. So glad I did. Do NOT let the fear of stigma or medication stand in the way of your wellbeing. Not one person has looked down on me for caring for myself, and they won’t look down on you either. I’m back to my happy, empathetic, fit self, and you can be too. Don’t give up!
      May 25, 2018
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Thanks man, I'll read up more on this and contact one if needed.
      May 25, 2018
  • Microsoft 98102
    OP
    Guys, that was really supportive, thank you so much for all the replies, feels good that someone somewhere is taking the time to think and help out an obscure stranger.

    I guess, I'm going to try out the non-therapist options for 1 more month and see how things are. I don't think I'm depressed or anything really. This is a pretty new phenomenon, I've always been a very outgoing and (dare I say, popular) person all along... So I'm going to try out the easy ones on this thread first.

    Thanks again! Really felt great (and frankly surprised) to see so many replies.
    May 25, 2018 0
  • Facebook Itsamario
    Work out after work or do a physical sport after work. Read a book right before bed. These things always help me to fall asleep
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Thanks
      May 25, 2018
  • Bank of The West / Eng Idjejjej93
    Maybe sleep apnea. Friend used cpap machine for 3+ months and symptoms decreased.
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Will read up on what this is. Thanks.
      May 25, 2018
  • Uber chang3d
    You forgot to add the most important piece of info. WHAT IS YOUR TOTAL COMP
    May 25, 2018 6
    • Uber chang3d
      Base? Wow, man you are doing super well
      May 25, 2018
    • Uber chang3d
      Mine is more than you so I feel better about myself now. You are worse off than me. Yes!!!
      May 25, 2018
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Base + assuming average performance for bonus that is. Hitting that on base alone is hard.
      May 25, 2018
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Well, good for you I guess.
      May 25, 2018
    • Uber wyddd
      Wrong mindset, you can't be happy for the other, you gotta be miserable about yourself!
      It's blind here... Get your shit together, you can't be reasonable here
      May 25, 2018
  • Microsoft maverickk
    Two things:
    1) Due to the nature of our with, we sit all day long. The human body was never designed for this. You're not getting any exercise. Start working out ASAP. You'll feel refreshed and this will also tire you enough that you get sleep.
    2) You might also be suffering from chronic depression. This one is a bigger problem than weight gain IMO. Weight gain can always be reversed, a depressed mind cannot. Get professional help and talk to a therapist.

    Good luck OP. I hope you keep your chin up through all this !!
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Thanks for the concern man. Yup I get exercise in the morning many times a week. I don't think I'm depressed though (hopefully not I guess).
      May 25, 2018
  • Amazon tc?
    Turn out all the lights in your place after 10pm INCLUDING YOUR MOBILE. It's a light, so don't stare at it.

    Also black out the windows in your bedroom so it's pitch black.
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Yup. I have no problem falling asleep, almost instant, just that I wake up in a few hours.
      May 25, 2018
  • Uber wyddd
    5k in 27min is not really being in good condition... Maybe exercise more
    May 25, 2018 0
  • Walmart / Eng cTAE35
    Everybody suggested what I would. Good on you for making effort for your future. Best wishes!
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Thanks
      May 25, 2018
  • Amazon kEgg68
    Really good advice here already. This is what I usually do to make sure to get good sleep, stay active and not be depressed:
    1. Work out 3 days a week after work.
    2. Find new hobbies. Ex: Hike over the weekend.
    3. Try to find time to meet my friends in person.
    4. One hour before I go to bed, not look at any screens. Read a book to help wind down.
    5. I also keep my sleep schedule same throughout the week.
    6. I have a Fitbit so it reminds me every hour to walk around for a little bit. That way I don't sit at one place all day.
    7. I have tried meditation in the past. Check out Headspace app.

    I would definitely reach out to doctor. Hope things get better for you! Keep fighting!
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      I already do 1,2,3,5. Will try out the others.
      May 25, 2018
  • Intel Pittock
    Try a mild sleep aid like Unisom or melatonin. The latter is natural so no adverse side effects. Also look at your diet, are you eating a lot of carbs late at night? If so could be slowing you down. Also look into sleep apnea--even slender people can develop this condition and modern cpaps are much more comfortable than before.

    Definitely see your doctor and tell them about everything going on. Both physical and mental. You might need to talk to someone.

    Good luck!
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Thanks, will try the others for a month before I do this.
      May 25, 2018
  • LinkedIn jJwG34
    1) get an annual physical. Check thyroid levels, but also morning sugar and cholesterol. Make sure your blood pressure and resting heart rate is normal.
    2) add strenuous exercise to your routine twice a week, and less strenuous activities (like walking) on other days

    Of course, check with your doctor before following any advice here blindly.
    May 25, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 98102
      OP
      Yup, going to do this.
      May 25, 2018
  • Amazon
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    inmobimore
    Check your thyroid levels.. it may be an intermittent issue.you either lose weight or gain it fast due to thyroid Imbalance
    May 25, 2018 0
  • Nvidia Mkst
    Talk to a doctor, if something is found that requires medication, get a second opinion. Research your condition. Lifestyle change, better diet can do magic in some cases.
    May 25, 2018 0
  • NAVEX Global HollaBackG
    I agree with the people above that said to get a physical. Get your blood tested. That can tell a lot. (If you’re high on white blood cells, for instance, that can mean a low-grade infection.)
    May 25, 2018 0
  • Cisco Johnndoe
    Is it depression?
    May 25, 2018 0